January 11, 2016


Canyon Texas


Elder Elies

Everyday is leg Day!

Well, the title says it all. This week has been insane! We've met a couple of investigators that the sisters were working with and we've also contacted some less actives! We got the Ensign and the one for December was awesome! I loved President Packer’s final witness; I felt the spirit so strongly!
I’ve done more street contacting in the last week than I have my whole mission. It's a great learning experience! The sisters in this area are some of the best that I've met! They understand our whole biking situation and they've let us borrow their car, which is super nice of them! I'm for sure going to be baking them some cookies soon! And the members here are incredible as well! They have been inviting us over for dinner, giving us rides to lessons and they are all around just amazing! I know that the Lord is going to bless them for all of their efforts!

So funny story, on transfer day we were saying our goodbyes and whatnot and our new ZL came in. His name is Elder Mangum and you'll never believe me but he looks like Zach Figgins and he acts like him too haha. I was kinda sorta really trippin when I first saw him and it still happens every time I see him haha

Another funny experience: A member invited us over to have dinner with them yesterday. When we got there the entire house smelt amazing! I couldn't wait to see what we were having. We sat down and one of the sisters asked what were eating and the member said, "Cow tongue!" At first I thought she was joking, but she was completely serious! She served us up a plate and sure enough I got a nice slice of cow tongue! It is the weirdest thing that I have eaten. It tasted really good but the texture of it was something else haha. Needless to say I hope that I don't have to swallow that again!

We met a guy next door to us who was chopping down a huge tree and we offered to help him! He gladly accepted our help and we got to talk about church, which was really fun! We invited him to church, but he didn't make it. Hopefully we get to see him again in the near future! His name is Joe and he has a thick Tennessee accent and it's really funny to hear him talk to us haha.

We met a former investigator, Aime, (it's a French name) and she is awesome! She's met with the sister missionaries and her holdup is that she thinks all we need is the bible! We talked to her for a little bit and she couldn't wrap her mind around the concept, but then her husband walked in and we started explaining it to him as well! He slowly started understanding it and we used references from the bible and the Book of Mormon and he started to understand a little bit more. We're meeting again with them this week and hopefully we can be able to explain things a little better!

This week I was reading in Corinthians and I came across a passage that talks about what we do as missionaries. Because we get asked all the time what do we do and what is a missionary and how are you supposed to act and I feel like this scripture describes it pretty well!
1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
2For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
3Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
4But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
5In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults , in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
6By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
7By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
8By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
9As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;
10As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

If any of you get the chance to spread the gospel to those around you, just know that it often takes time for those you are sharing with to soften their hearts. Do so "in much patience" and "by the Holy Ghost, and love unfeigned." I know that the Lord will bless you in all of your efforts to spread His word. I know that because he has blessed me with this wonderful opportunity to serve a mission. He has also blessed me with a wonderful family and incredible friends that uplift me and encourage me to be and do the best that I can. I love you all and I can't wait to share more of my experiences with you!
Elder Bollwinkel


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